It’s been a big few weeks for Tesla.
Earlier this month it revealed its $US35,000 Model 3 and also announced its intention to close the majority of its stores to remain financially stable. Two weeks later it decided to keep more stores open than anticipated (and bump up prices), as well as announce the new V3 Supercharger.
Oh and there was some casual contempt of court stuff, too.
Now it has revealed its much-anticipated electric SUV, the Model Y.
Earlier this month Tesla announced that it would be closing the majority of its brick and mortar stores worldwide in order to afford the $US35,000 price tag on the new Model 3, as well as keep the company "financially sustainable." The company has now published a blog post which backflipped on this decision.Read more
The event was streamed live online, which meant that we all got to have a front row seat to Elon Musk’s dumb sex jokes that were sprinkled among a retrospective on each Tesla model to date.
But the excitement in the room was palpable, and could be felt even remotely. Musk was emotional and the fans in the room were excited; interrupting most of the CEOs statements with cheers.
This eventually culminated with the Y somewhat unceremoniously being driven onto the stage, with Musk circling it and stating that it will have the “functionality of an SUV but will ride like a sports cart”
10 per cent bigger than the Model 3, the Y can fit up to seven people and has 66 cubic feet of cargo space.
Some versions will have up to 300 miles of range – which will equate to roughly 480km here in Australia.
Here’s a breakdown of the 4 versions:
- Standard Range: up to 230 miles of range (roughly 370km), with a top speed of 120mph (193km/h) and will cost $US39,000
- Long-Range: Up to 300 miles of range (480km), with a top speed of 130mph (209km/h) and will cost $US47,000
- Dual-Motor: An all-wheel drive with up to 280 miles of range (450km), with a top speed of 135mph (217km/h)and will cost $US51,000
- Performance: Up to 280 miles of range (450km), a top soeed of 150mph (241km/h) and will cost $US69,000
The three most expensive models will available internationally from Q3 2020, with the standard arriving during Q2 2021.
We are yet to receive Australian pricing or release times.
After the stream concluded Tesla tweeted a link to where customers can customise their future Model Y.
Design your Model Y at https://t.co/X2HH4TlTsG
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 15, 2019
But it looks like the site may be straining under the traffic; we weren’t able to make it through to the pre-order page at the time of writing.